Long considered the largest event in women’s golf, el U.S. Women’s Open now has cash prize and future venues that combine.
The American Golf Association (USGA) announced Friday that the stock market will almost double this year to $ 10 million, by far the richest in women’s golf and challenging the top prizes in women’s sports.
The purse was $ 5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at the Olympic Club last year.
Helping to make this possible was the fact the USGA added a presenting sponsor – Ohio-based ProMedica, a non-profit healthcare organization serving 28 states.
Backed by ProMedica, the US Women’s Open purse is projected to grow to $ 11 million and eventually $ 12 million over the next five years.
“This is a huge step for women’s sports around the world. Our players work very hard to be competitive, to travel the tour,” said Juli Inkster, a five-time USGA champion. “Sometimes you feel like you do it and you don’t get rewarded for how hard you work. ProMedica is giving these ladies a chance to play for big bucks. … This will mean success or failure in their year. In their life. “.
Along with the huge jump in money, the USGA is sending women to some of the classic US Open designs that for decades have hosted the men’s event. That list includes a return to Oakmont and Pinehurst’s No. 2 field, plus the Riviera, Oakland Hills, Merion, Inverness and Interlachen.
The USGA said Pinehurst in North Carolina would host the Men’s and Women’s Open in consecutive weeks in 2029, as it did in a successful debut in 2014. Martin Kaymer won that US Open, and Michelle Wie captured her first major at the US. Women’s Open the following week.
This is the first major initiative by the USGA since Mike Whan, the former LPGA Tour commissioner, took over as CEO last summer.
“The USGA prides itself on holding championships that not only provide an incredible setting for athletes but also give younger players something to dream of,” said Whan. “For more than 75 years, the US Women’s Open has been the one that every little girl, in every country around the world, has dreamed of winning.”
He said the collaboration with ProMedica helps make that happen. The health group will be a marketing partner of the USGA, and its ProMedica Impact Fund will be the official charity of the Women’s Open. The fund is committed to raising more than $ 1 billion over eight years for programs focused on improving individual and community health.
“We will strive to change the sport and what it means for young women around the world to raise the bar every year,” said Whan.
The Women’s Open is scheduled for June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge in North Carolina, then moving to Pebble Beach in California for the first time this year. Pebble Beach was already on the calendar.
Pine Needles has a short but strong Women’s Open history, with a roster of champions that includes Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr.
The future program includes historic courses, such as the Riviera and Merion, which have hosted the US Open through the years.
“Imagine having a young girl who dreams of pursuing a career in the sport of golf, and you can tell that girl that your dream should now include names like Erin Hills, Inverness, Oakmont, Merion, Interlachen,” Whan said. “That is revolutionary, the places where we play.”
The most prominent on the list was Oakland Hills. The Detroit-area course recently enjoyed a major renovation under Gil Hanse, whose architectural firm was chosen to design the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.
Oakland Hills had long tried to host a US Open for the seventh time. It’s well known that’s where Ben Hogan “brought this field, this monster” to its knees when he won the Open in 1951, but he hasn’t hosted the Men’s Open since 1996.
Hogan also won the 1948 Riviera in Los Angeles, now the site of the Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour. It remains one of the most legendary stops on the West Coast, but it was deemed as not having enough space for all the infrastructure required for a men’s major tournament.
Inverness in Toledo, Ohio, most recently hosted the Solheim Cup. The Women’s Open is also returning to Interlachen outside Minneapolis for the first time since Inbee Park won its first Women’s Open in 2008. That will take place in 2030, the 100th anniversary. that Bobby Jones won the US Open during his “impregnable ring” sweep of the four biggest golf tournaments of his day.
It was not immediately clear how much the winner would receive at the US Women’s Open. Saso received a little more than the typical 18% of the purse, as the USGA wanted to provide the largest prize at $ 1 million.
Information from ESPN’s Charlotte Gibson and the Associated Press was used in this report.
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